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Slo-pitch off to a quick start at EDSS

POST_EDSSslowpitch_sportsWinners of their first five contests, the Elmira District Secondary Schools girls’ slo-pitch softball team is in great position heading into the Waterloo Country Athletic Association playoffs next month.
“They’re playing very well,” coach Brian Carter said. “We had a lot of returning players from last year’s team, which was also strong. Last year we made it all the way to the semi-finals for the league. We got most of our players back from last year and we have a number of new girls who have come out – the combination of the new girls and the strong core from last year, it’s a very good group this season.”
The squad got things rolling May 4, crushing St. Mary’s High School 16-4 and topping Huron Heights Secondary School 18-13.
On May 11 they routed St. Benedict’s Catholic Secondary School 17-3 and edged by Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School 10-9.
Then they hammered Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School 18-2 at the Elmira Lions Park on Wednesday.
That leaves three regular season games before the WCSSAA playoff tournament at the beginning of June.
“We would certainly like to be ranked as high as possible heading into the playoffs,” Carter said. “Usually there are three or four pools and we would like to be the top seed in one of them. I think that’s a very realistic goal.”
Carter helped launch the program seven years ago after he was approached by a number of interested students. Interest has always been high, but he has noticed the quality of play improve significantly across the region over the years.
On the boys’ side, the team is off to a 2-1-1 start.
The season began May 5 with a 14-1 win over SMHS and 8-4 loss to HHSS. On May 12 the squad tied SBCSS 9-9 and bested Jacob Hespeler Secondary School 6-2.
Next week, the boys will face MDCSS and GCI at Hillside Park in Waterloo starting at 1:30 p.m. May 19.
The girls travelled to SMHS May 14 for an exhibition tournament and get back to regular season action against Eastwood Collegiate Institute and Grand River Collegiate Institute at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener on May 20. First pitch goes at 1:30 p.m.

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